As an IIT student, what have you done for your country?

Brijesh Kumar   The number that most people come up with is the total money given by the government to IITs divided by the number of students. It is extremely wrong way to do this calculation. Most of the money that comes to IITs does not directly go into the education of the students. Some … Read moreAs an IIT student, what have you done for your country?

I personally don’t care about what others think of me, but my country should care about what the world thinks of her

O confused Indian youngsters. Why can’t you make up your mind? Do you want to care about what others think about you? I regularly see Indian youngsters saying, “Don’t care about what others think of you. Follow your heart.” If that is the case, why should Indians be so worried that India did not win … Read moreI personally don’t care about what others think of me, but my country should care about what the world thinks of her

JUST an assistant professor

Ah, how the times have changed. One of the IIT Bombay students just said to me on Quora, that you are just an assistant professor because you could get nothing else. It is just not that one person, this thinking is quite representative of how many other students in IIT think. Alas, how the times … Read moreJUST an assistant professor

IIT assistant professor “package” is Rs. 16,25,77,965.60

I have been hearing about the wonderful “packages” of some of the IIT students that are being placed in California in US. So, I thought I should give a perspective on how much an assistant professor’s “package” is worth. IIT assistant professor’s “package” is Rs. 16,25,77,965.60. If you have difficulty in reading the whole figure, … Read moreIIT assistant professor “package” is Rs. 16,25,77,965.60

Why did students turned down Rs 1 crore per annum offers? Why did they even appear for the Interview if they were not interested in the job?

This is a repost of my answer to this question on Quora. Here are a few reasons why someone might turn down a job offer irrespective of how much they pay: Working hours: They expect you to work long hours. This is the primary reason I would turn down any (maybe upto 500k USD 🙂 … Read moreWhy did students turned down Rs 1 crore per annum offers? Why did they even appear for the Interview if they were not interested in the job?

The reality of Rs. 1.5 crores “packages” at IIT campus placements

This is a repost of my answer to this question on Quora. They are made to work outside India. Actual salary is only ~USD 125,000. These newspapers and IIT placement people need to stop lying. After taxes, you only make ~$77,000 out of which you will have to pay at least ~$30,000 a year to … Read moreThe reality of Rs. 1.5 crores “packages” at IIT campus placements

Can anyone achieve anything he wants (e.g. GATE examination)? Does aptitude matter or perseverance and attentiveness is key?

This is a question asked on Quora reproduced here I wanted to be a Shane Warne (he was the best leg spinner in cricket), but even if I tried I could not become one. Believe me, I wanted to be famous like him. You might have seen some horrible singers on “Indian Idol” or “American … Read moreCan anyone achieve anything he wants (e.g. GATE examination)? Does aptitude matter or perseverance and attentiveness is key?